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26 Jul 2018

HOUSE JOINS TRUMP IN DEMANDING END TO 2.3% MEDICAL DEVICE TAX

The House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to kill a sales tax on medical devices that the medical-technology industry in Minnesota and around the country have battled for nearly a decade. Republican U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen of Minnesota’s Third District introduced the standalone repeal legislation. The bill had 277 cosponsors

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26 Jul 2018

VIEWRAY CLEANS HOUSE IN SEARCH OF GROWTH, SHAREHOLDER VALUE

ViewRay Inc., the Oakwood Village-based maker of an MRI-guided radiation therapy system called MRIdian, has named medical device industry veterans Scott Drake as president and CEO, and Shar Matin as COO, effective immediately. Both men had been executives at Spectranetics Corp., a developer and manufacturer of minimally invasive cardiovascular devices,

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26 Jul 2018

CMS SEEKS COMMENT ON PROPOSAL OF ‘SITE-NEUTRAL’ PAYMENTS FOR OUTPATIENT, HOSPITAL CLINIC VISITS

The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services are seeking comments on a proposal that would pay healthcare providers the same by Medicare for clinic visits, regardless of whether the service took place in a hospital or an outpatient setting under a proposal for site-neutral payments. The deadline for submitting

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25 Jul 2018

ECHONOUS VEIN DESIGNED TO IMPROVE FIRST-TIME STICKS

EchoNous, a Seattle provider focused on delivering intelligent medical tools, has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for the EchoNous Vein, an ultrasound-based tool designed specifically for nurses to improve peripheral IV (PIV) catheter placements. Developed for usage across a wide range of patients including both adults

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25 Jul 2018

SENATE CONFIRMS ROBERT WILKIE TO HEAD VA

Robert Wilkie, a Department of Defense under-secretary, was confirmed as Department of Veterans of Affairs Secretary July 24, giving the troubled agency a permanent leader for the first time since March. The vote of 86-9 makes Wilkie the first VA Secretary to not be unanimously confirmed. Nine Democrats and Bernie

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